TRANSGENDER SURVEY RESULTS
The answers to the survey are as follows. Answers with numbers afterward are a total in that category. No number means there was only one in that category.
1. What is your greatest concern as a Transgender person? (if you prefer a different label, insert your own, this question is about gender expression and identity.
Answers – Being accepted (8) and Being found out (3), successful transition (1), healthcare costs (1)
2. If you are asked to teach someone about Gender Identity, How would you do it?
Answers –Two parts to identity-physical and mental (5), personal experience (5), Q&A (3), directly face to face (2), Honestly, show them a new perspective, talk about differences
3. What do you see as the largest issue facing the Trans-community?
Answers –Acceptance(6), Understanding(3), Fear(2), Healthcare, Employment, Prejudice, Ridicule, Support, Stigma, Therapy
4. What computer activity do you enjoy the most?
Answers – Facebook (4), gaming (3), blogging(2), communicating(2), surfing(2), ancestry research, music, shopping, SL, support groups
5. Do you consider yourself a part of the GLBT community? Yes, or No
Answers – YES _15 (79%)__ NO_4_(21%)_
From the above answers a few things are obvious, one being that The transgender community is greatly concerned about being accepted both by their peers, friends and family and by themselves. Fear is a real issue and so is Understanding and Education in the greater public.
The method used to educate would be to explain the difference between physical and mental identity using personal experience & question and answer. Education is most effective when it is face to face and honest. The goal is to show them a new perspective by discussing differences.
I will continue to use facebook as a means of communication and support. My Transitions blog can be found at the left. I would like to thank everyone who participated in this survey! Even though the survey is now closed, I remain open to suggestions and requests. Making this website as usefully educational and fun as I can remains my goal. The feedback I receive is instrumental in this process.
By Sequoia Elisabeth Carpenter